ANSU FATI scored once more to assist Barcelona ease previous Leganes and enhance their lead over Actual Madrid on the prime of LaLiga to 5 factors.
The 17-year-old notched his fifth objective of the season simply earlier than half-time earlier than a Lionel Messi penalty earned the Catalans a 2-Zero win and a snug three factors at an empty Camp Nou.
The consequence continues Barcelona’s 100 per cent win price following the Spanish season restart, following a 4-Zero away win at Mallorca.
The stress was on as they returned to a abandoned Camp Nou after rivals Madrid hit three previous Eibar on Sunday to maintain the hole on the prime to 2 factors.
But Quique Setien’s by no means actually needed to get out of second gear towards relegation-threatened Leganes.
The away aspect, who stay rooted to the underside of the desk, misplaced key Danish ahead Braithwaite to Barcelona again in February as an emergency signing.
And regardless of notching his first Barca objective towards Mallorca, the 29-year-old striker discovered himself an unused substitute towards his outdated aspect, who failed to supply a lot in assault with out him.
The reigning LaLiga champions raced out of the blocks at dwelling as Messi pulled the strings, with the Argentine setting free Firpo with a superb lofted ball however the latter’s crossed was scrambled away.
Miguel Angel Guerrero, who has been tasked with changing Braithwaite for the relegation-threatened guests, did spurn a wonderful probability to open the lead.
A unfastened ball on the break discovered the Spaniard with a transparent sight on objective however Clement Lenglet did effectively to scramble again and hack the ball away.
Barcelona continued to press and probe all through the primary half, with Antoine Griezmann and Ivan Rakitic each squandering half-chances.
But it was teen Ansu who broke the impasse two minutes earlier than the break.
The 17-year-old collected the ball on the sting of the field and hit a low shot by way of the legs of a defender and into the underside nook previous Cuellar.
Griezmanna got here near doubling Barcelona’s lead within the second-half however had a objective dominated out.
The World Cup winner completed tidily from a Nelson Semedo cross however VAR chalked the strike off after replays confirmed the Portuguese was offside.
But Barca did not have to attend lengthy for his or her second as captain Messi was introduced down within the space after a basic slaloming run between defenders.
The Argentine then dusted himself off to fireside low to the Cuellar’s left, with the goalkeeper diving the opposite method.
There was late drama in added time as Leganes boss Javier Aguirre was proven a crimson card for berating the fourth official.
However the incident didn’t take the shine off Barcelona’s sixth win from their final six video games to go away them firmly within the driving seat to defend their LaLiga crown.